Although it may feel like many flavors have spread all over the country, taking out the unique tastes that used to make areas more iconic: California is still going. In the sunshine state, you’ll find endless foods and drinks that cannot be found anywhere else and will have you longing to return so that you can enjoy them again.
These are the best unique and weird foods you’ll find in California!
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1. Cactus Cooler
This drink that’s rarely found outside of southern California is an orange and pineapple flavored soda with a unique tangy flavor. The bright orange and green cans have become iconic within California and are one of the first things people go for when they want something refreshing and delicious.
Although it’s part of a national brand through Keurig Dr. Pepper, Cactus Cooler is almost exclusively found in the sunshine state.
2. See’s Candies
If you make your way to San Francisco: it’s time to try See’s Candies. These chocolates and caramels will surprise and delight anyone who gets to taste them. With a large selection of options for someone of any age, you can find something perfect for your taste buds.
These chocolates come in gift boxes as well, so you can give them away or try to sneak them back home on an airline. They’re a great treat year-round.
3. Fresh San Francisco Sourdough
San Francisco’s sourdough is internationally known as the best on Earth. This area has the perfect humidity and heat to ensure the dough and its starter rise correctly, and the bread that comes out of San Francisco is the best you’ll ever try.
So whether you’re a huge fan of sourdough already, or you’ve never tried it before, consider taking a free tour through one of the many sourdough company’s factories and try a slice of warm and fresh bread. You’ll fall in love instantly; it’s that good.
4. Umami Burgers
While in Los Angeles, you’re going to need something tasty to pull your mind from the heavy traffic and heat: so why not stop for an Umami Burger? These burgers are unique because they create new flavor combinations inspired by people native to the Pacific Ocean.
Every bite is the perfect mix of savory, salty, and sweet that will leave you thrilled and excited to go back for another. This is worth the high cost of apartments for rent in Los Angeles and is a top pick for anyone wanting to try something uniquely Californian.
5. The Bambu Special
The best part of California foods is there’s no limit to what people will try if it sounds like it might work. The Bambu special is found at Bambu Desserts and Drinks in the bay area.
Made by combining longan, basil seed, coconut meat and juice, and pandan jelly, this unique and colorful drink may look a little scary to the uninitiated. However, one sip will soothe those fears since this drink is equal parts refreshing and delicious. You won’t want to put it down, but don’t fear: you can always grab another as long as you’re in California!